Party Pad

A pied à terre at the Watergate is reimagined as a chic center for entertaining

After purchasing a condo in the Watergate as a weekend getaway, a couple tapped Carnemark design+build to overhaul its dated interiors. They wanted a sleek, modern environment in which to entertain and enjoy stunning Potomac River views. On their wish list was a functional new kitchen.

Following the original footprint, Carnemark conjured a new, contemporary space, with a breakfast bar that opens to the main living area. “The clients loved SieMatic’s Classic cabinetry line, which has a luxe feel but is durable with lots of opportunities for storage,” recounts principal Jonas Carnemark, who also owns Konst SieMatic, an exclusive distributor of the German cabinetry brand. “We knew we’d need every centimeter for storing party items and for appliances like a wine fridge and freezer drawers.

“We built out around the cabinetry so it appears recessed,” Carnemark continues. “This can make rooms that are tight on space feel larger.” A niche in the adjacent foyer was appropriated for additional storage and a nondescript pantry cupboard gave way to a floor-to-ceiling wine fridge with a wall of storage beside it. Engineered-wood cabinets in lacquered white and cerused walnut are enhanced by glossy nickel accents.

The backsplash, walls and countertops are clad in sintered stone, an engineered surface with a thin-slab profile that offers a versatile alternative to quartz. Above the range, the marble-look surface also wraps clean-lined sliding doors concealing storage; panels above create a seamless look.

Kitchen Design: Jonas Carnemark, CKD, CR, CLIPP, Konst SieMatic, Bethesda, Maryland. Contractor: Carnemark design+build, Bethesda, Maryland.



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